Brooks Glycerin 14 is a premium cushioning shoe that offers a secure but comfortable fit. Saucony Ride 9 provides a soft and comfortable ride to high-mileage neutral runners.
The Brooks Glycerin 14 and the Saucony Ride 9 are both neutral cushioning running shoes, but the Brooks Glycerin 14 lies at the higher end of the category than the Saucony Ride 9.
The uppers of the Brooks Glycerin 14 and the Saucony Ride 9 are similar in that they have no-sew overlays in the forefoot to increase comfort.
The overlays differ in that those on the Brooks Glycerin 14 have been printed on and are somewhat stretchy to accommodate swelling feet.
The Saucony Ride 9 comes with mostly no-sew overlays but also has stitched-on overlays around the heel.
The Brooks Glycerin 14 comes with broad stitched-on overlays around the midfoot to give you an increased amount of support in that area.
It also has a stitched-on overlay at the back just like the Saucony Ride 9 although its overlay does not wrap around the heel counter like the ones on the Saucony Ride 9 do.
All in all, the Brooks Glycerin 14 should provide a bit more support around the midfoot due to its sturdy overlays in that area, and both running shoes should be able to provide a comfortable fit.
Both the Saucony Ride 9 and the Brooks Glycerin 14 are neutral cushioning running shoes so are geared toward providing runners with a soft ride.
The Brooks Glycerin 14 has a midsole that consists of foam that provides 20% more cushioning than Brooks' standard midsole foam.
The midsoles of the two running shoes look quite different. This is due to the fact that the midsole of the Brooks Glycerin 14 is well-separated and functions and looks like a full-length and all-around crash pad.
The Saucony Ride 9 has a crash pad, but this is only located under the heel on the lateral side. However, the Saucony Ride 9 comes with a top layer of softer foam just under the sockliner. This increases the overall softness of the running shoe.
According to running shoe lab tests, there aren't big differences to be noted between the amount of cushioning delivered by the two running shoes.
For women, both the Brooks Glycerin 14 and the Saucony Ride 9 turn out to have a very cushy forefoot and almost an equal amount of forefoot cushioning.
The amount of heel cushioning is a bit less than the amount of forefoot cushioning but remains far above average in both running shoes, and both the Brooks Glycerin 14 and the Saucony Ride 9 provide almost an equal amount of heel cushioning.
The cushioning profiles also look very similar for men, but in this case, the Brooks Glycerin 14 provides just a tiny bit more forefoot and heel cushioning than the Saucony Ride 9.
However, both running shoes provide cushioning that is far above average and almost to the max in both the forefoot and the heel.
The conclusion is that whether you choose the Brooks Glycerin 14 or the Saucony Ride 9, you should be able to get a very soft ride.
The negative thing about a lot of cushioning is that it can make a running shoe feel stiff. This is exactly the case for the Saucony Ride 9, according to running shoe lab tests.
However, both men and women should find the Brooks Glycerin 14 to be comparatively more flexible than the Saucony Ride 9.
In terms of flexibility, if you need any as a neutral runner, running shoe lab tests place the Brooks Glycerin 14 higher than the Saucony Ride 9.
The Brooks Glycerin 14 provides an average amount of stability, while the Saucony Ride 9 falls a couple of notches below that.
Both running shoes provide a good amount of ground contact, which increases the stability a bit and also increases their potential of providing you with smooth heel-to-toe transitions.
The outsoles are well-separated for shock absorption and dissipation, but the Brooks Glycerin 14 provides a bit more support under the midfoot than the Saucony Ride 9.
The women's version of the Saucony Ride 9 weighs approximately 7.9 oz (224 grams), while the Brooks Glycerin 14 for women weighs approximately 8.9 oz (252 grams).
The men's version of the Saucony Ride 9 weighs about 9.5 oz (269 grams), and the Brooks Glycerin 14 for men weighs about 10.7 oz (303 grams).
If you are a neutral runner who is considering buying either the Saucony Ride 9 or the Brooks Glycerin 14, you could go either way if you want a soft running experience.
However, for a lighter running shoe, you may want to turn to the Saucony Ride 9, and for a more flexible and somewhat more stable running shoe, you may want to look into the Brooks Glycerin 14.
Note: The weight of a running shoe depends on the size of the running shoe, so any weights mentioned in this review may differ from the weight of the running shoe you choose to wear. Running shoes of the same size were compared for this review.